Vrindavan, 2014.11.07 (VT): The fifth centenary year celebration of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s first time arrival in Vrindavan formally begun in the Swami Vivekananda Auditorium in the Ram Krishna Mission Sevashrama.
Saints, mahants, and intellectuals presented their views on Chaitanya Mahaprabhus coming to Vrindavan. The youths performed the Harinam Sankirtan during the event.
Prem Das Shastri, the working president of the 5th Centenary Celebration Committee, said in his welcome address that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu rediscovered Shri Dham Vrindavan five hundred years ago. Shastri said, “It was his mercy that we all are here today. We have decided to build a huge gate in the entrance of Vrindavan in Akrur.”
“This is the 499th year of Mahaprabhu’s arrival in Vrindavan. We enter in the 500th year of his arrival from today. Nagar Sankirtan, Preaching on Chaitanya’s life and works, Nam Sankirtan, padavali kirtans, procession etc. will be organized throughout the year, which will end in next Kartik Purnima,” informed Shashtri.
Pradeep Mathur, the representative for Mathura in the Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly, announced a contribution of five lakh rupees for the construction of the gate from his discretionary fund.
Rajendra Das ji Maharaj said that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu didn’t belong to Gaudiyas only, but his life is an example for the devotees of all the sampradayas. Sadhvi Ritambhara said that Mahaprabhu was the source of bhakti in his contemporary time.
Vineet Narain, President of the Braj Foundation declared that his NGO will spend Rupees ten crores to build a ghat on Yamuna in front of Imli Tala in the name of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Madhu Pandit Das, Chairman of the Akshay Patra Foundation said that without Mahaprabhu’s mercy we wouldn’t know about Vrindavan Dham.
Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti from the Vrinda Mission said that the best way to pay our respect to Mahaprabhu is to preserve the Dham which his followers six Goswami’s left for us.
Vrindavan Municipal Chairman Mukesh Gautam, Baba Chaitanya Charan Das, Mahant Sutikshan Maharaj, Baba Haribol Das, Fuldol Bihari Das, Nirmal Chandra Goswami, Smt. Krishna Goswami, Tamal Krishna Das, Mahant Sacchidananda Das, Jagannathananda Das, Bihari Lal Bashishtha addressed the event.
Girraj Nangia, Vinod Banerjee, Madhumangal Shukla, Mridul Kant Shashtri, Jagannath Poddar, Bal Krishna Gautam, Ramesh Chandra Vidhi Shashtri etc. were present in this occasion.